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Annotated Bibliography. 2/9/2012. For Today:. Small group discussion of the BA4 Prep Assignment What is an Annotated Bibliography? Brief Assignment 4 Small group discussion: You evaluate annotations Small group discussion: You write citations Draft 1.1 Prep Assignment Draft 1.1.

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For today
For Today:

  • Small group discussion of the BA4 Prep Assignment

  • What is an Annotated Bibliography?

  • Brief Assignment 4

  • Small group discussion: You evaluate annotations

  • Small group discussion: You write citations

  • Draft 1.1 Prep Assignment

  • Draft 1.1


  • Your first of two participation extra credit opportunities will be to take your Draft 1.1 (a complete draft) to the writing center and have it tutored before 02/21 when the assignment is due in Raider Writer.

  • To my knowledge, I have removed late penalties from BA1s that I said I would. If I have not, please e-mail me. Also, if you provided evidence to me of an excused absence and I have not changed it to excused in Raider Writer yet, please e-mail me after class. I do have records of these in my e-mail, so no funny business.

  • You should be getting grades back for your first two Brief Assignments on Raider Writer. If your grades are not as high as you expected, you may need to put more effort into future assignments. Going to the Writing Center can help you figure out how to channel your efforts on every assignment.

    • Draft 1.1 is due on February 21st (in one and a half weeks!)

What is an annotated bibliography
What is an Annotated Bibliography?:

  • Annotations can help you understand and remember what a source says.

  • The evaluation component helps you to assess the usefulness of a source for your project.

  • The entry contains two pieces of information: the citation and the evaluation.

  • BA4 helps you for prepare for Draft 1.1 by getting you to critically read and annotate the research that you will be synthesizing on the literature review.

  • You may use some summary, but do not use quotations.

  • This is NOT in essay format.

Brief assignment 4 annotated bibliography
Brief Assignment 4: Annotated Bibliography

Due: By 11:59:59pm on Tuesday, Feb. 14th. (sorry about that one)


To demonstrate your ability to gather, filter, and evaluate source material for your literature review


To complete this assignment, prepare an annotated bibliography. Each entry in an annotated bibliography consists of two elements: an initial citation in MLA format (see Ch. 16 of your e-handbook) and a 100 – 150 word evaluation of each source, in which you will evaluate the relevance, accuracy and quality of the source.The focus of your annotations should be on evaluating the quality of the sources, but your evaluation may also include a brief summary of key points of each source’s content. Your bibliography should contain a minimum of six annotated entries. Your sources should be scholarly or other reputable or credible articles located through the TTU library databases.

Brief Assignment 4: Annotated Bibliography


  • Before you begin your citations and evaluations, put a couple of sentences at the top of the page that tell your reader what your research topic is.

  • You must also include 2-5 keywords for your entries—these will be placed below each annotation.

    • Let’s look at an example…

      • I will post this example in “Misc. Documents” on the course blog for your own reference.


C1— Issue Identification and Focus

Has the student focused on evaluating the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the source? 

C2—Context and Assumptions

Has the student discussed the context in which the source appears?  Has the student considered the assumptions which the author makes about the subject?

C3—Sources and Evidence

Has the student made effective and specific references to the source in order to support his or her discussion of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the source?  Are the citations correct?


C5—Own Perspective

Has the student clearly conveyed his or her opinion of the source’s relevance, accuracy, and quality?


How effective is the organization of the annotations? How effective is the student's writing at the sentence level?

Now…. Let’s look a good BA4.

How would you grade this annotation
How Would You Grade This Annotation?

Rosengart, M, Cummings, P, Nathens, A, Rivara, F, Maier, R, Heagerty, P. “An evaluation of state firearm regulations and homicide and suicide death rates.” Injury Prevention (2005): 77-83.

  • This article discusses the differences in states with different laws about acquiring firearms. Also it discusses the difference in most crimes that occur when the firearms are being used. The authors come from various branches of medical, governmental, educational, and criminal jobs. They have all written and researched the effects of firearms in these fields for many years. This source is helpful because it shows how in different states how their crime rates are different where it is easier or harder to acquire a firearm.

Small group work
Small Group Work:

  • Turn to page 596 in your textbook.

  • Select 2 of the annotations to evaluate.

  • Use the guidelines from the e-handbook to evaluate the annotations (10 minutes).

  • Next, use the guidelines to evaluate the annotation on the handout. Is this annotation better or worse than the annotations in the textbook? Why?

Full group discussion
Full Group Discussion:

  • Which annotations did your group evaluate?

  • What were your conclusions?

  • What grade would you give the annotations you evaluated?

Small group work1
Small Group Work:

  • Pull out the works cited list from your prep assignment.

  • As a group, exchange lists and determine whether or not the first few entries are correctly formatted. (10 minutes)

    • If they are not correctly formatted, please correct one of the citations on your peers’ paper. Let them know in writing whether these issues appear in their other citations. What specifically was missing?

  • You will use the models on the following page.

Small group work2
Small Group Work:


Follow the journal title with the volume number, a period, the issue number (if given), and the year (in parenthesis).

Gigante, Denise. “The Monster in the Rainbow: Keats and the Science of Life.” PMLA 117 (2002): 433–48. Print.


Cite an online journal article as you would a print journal article (see model 28). If an online article does not have page numbers, use n. pag. End with the medium consulted (Web) and the date of access.

Gallagher, Brian. “Greta Garbo Is Sad: Some Historical Reflections on the Paradoxes of Stardom in the American Film Industry, 1910–1960.” Images: A Journal of Film and Popular Culture 3 (1997): n. pag. Web. 7 Aug. 2009.


For a periodical article that you access in an online database, including a work you find in a library subscription service such as Academic Search Premier, begin with the author’s name (if given); the title of the work, in quotation marks; and publication information for the print version of the work. Include the page numbers from the print version; if no page numbers are available, use n. pag. Then give the name of the online database, italicized; the medium (Web); and your most recent date of access.

Collins, Ross F. “Cattle Barons and Ink Slingers: How Cow Country Journalists Created a Great American Myth.” American Journalism 24.3 (2007); 7-29. Communication and Mass Media Complete. Web. 7 Feb. 2010.

Draft 1 1
Draft 1.1:

  • A literature review discusses previously published information about a particular topic or issue in order to accomplish one or more of the following tasks:

    • show readers what has been written about a topic, so that they can understand a particular development of ideas concerning that topic

    • explain to readers why certain ideas or theories concerning a topic are being challenged or reexamined by researchers.

    • help readers understand more about why a topic is being examined by a researcher in a particular way

  • A free-standing literature review, which is what you are writing here, has a thesis statement. However, remember that the focus of that thesis statement is on the sources.

  • Your literature will synthesize at least 8 sources

  • 1500 words.

  • Due: February 21, 2012 (1.5 weeks from today!)

For next class
For Next Class:

  • Reading 5 – on the syllabus

    • ADD the information at this site:

  • Draft 1.1 Prep Assignment

    • Due in class on Friday, 2/16

    • Draft 1.1 is the Literature Review. You are going to write a rough draft of 800 – 1000 words using the provided outline.

  • See the handout for Draft 1.1 Prep Assignment on under “Prep Assignments” on the class blog.

  • Before you leave, come show me that you brought your 8 articles to class today!